Mayonnaise tasting party!
When I was contacted recently with an offer to try B-Well’s new mayonnaise products, I was a little concerned. Because, although I didn’t own up at the time, I am not a fan of mayonnaise. But I wanted to give it a go, so I arranged for a group of people to come around one Sunday afternoon, prepared some dips and treats and some tasting notes, and it turned out to be as much fun and as rewarding as a wine tasting experience.
There are three different products to choose from: Garlicnaise, Lemonaise and Chilllinaise. My tasting guinea pigs were not told which was which – but the flavours are so distinctive that they had no trouble distinguishing them, and almost without exception, loved every one of them.
My ‘tasters’ ranged in age from 8 to 70 and they had a lot to say. The overwhelming favourite was the Lemonaise – with only one dissenter from the group of 15 who said that he felt the ‘lemon was a bit much’ . Everybody else gave this one a top score. It was found to be most successful paired with the prawns, which makes sense.
Garlicnaise went down a storm with the slices of cold beef and the selection of biltong and also in the potato salad. It did not score as consistently highly as the Lemonaise but overall the rating was good to excellent. Everybody agreed that these two really brought out the flavours of the food with which they were paired.
Most polarising of the three flavours was the Chillinaise. The responses to this were “Chilli too strong, no taste of mayo” to “Absolutely YUMMY” this last from, surprisingly, the 8 year old, who dispatched much of the bowl without even adding it to his food…. (and his mum had said ‘he wont eat any of them, he’s very fussy’. So parents of picky eaters – this could be an answer for you!) Several of the other tasters scored this one low, saying the chilli was too dominating, but others gave it top scores – no-one gave it a middle score: so, it really was a love it or hate it product.
The upshot of this event was unexpected for me. Having been nervous about judging a food item that I had more or less avoided for most of my life – I discovered I loved all of them! My particular favourite was the Garlicnaise in the potato salad, but they truly were all very scrumptious.